701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
With blazing horns, scintillating grooves, tart call-and-response vocals, and incendiary spirit, Antibalas are back after a five-year absence with their muscular Afrobeat. There's a new eponymous album on Daptone too, recorded at the label's Brooklyn studio with former Antibalas member and Daptone label founder Gabriel Roth at the controls. In the interim, many of Antibalas's members contributed to FELA!, the Broadway hit based on Fela Kuti, the late Nigerian instigator of Afrobeat, which in Antibalas's powerful hands packs a punch worthy of its originator. The 11-piece group factors in elements of jazz, funked-up brass bands, and R&B, with sinuous polyrhythms simmering conspiratorially until the horns ignite them into infernos of James-Brown-meets-Dirty-Dozen funk. Victor Axelrod's percolating organ riffs often ride loping rhythms that open into sizzling exchanges between Nigerian lead singer Abraham Amayo and a shimmering female chorus, as in "Dirty Money." "Ari Degbe" opens with a blast of declarative horns over raw New Orleans street rhythms, settles into pointillist juju guitar, then jaunty keyboards, before the horns swagger back in with a brash rumble. The finale, "Sáré Kon Kon," is a frenetic, soca-like romp overflowing with Antibalas's carnavalistic élan. With Malamanya. 18+, $18-$20, 7:30 p.m. 701 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8388.
Tue., Sept. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2012